What no one told you about Pakistan

@Talalqureshi performing at #TEDxuLahore

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Chakwal’s lone Hindu family leads peaceful but secluded life
CHAKWAL: “When I first went to a local college two years ago, students and teachers gave me a strange look,” recalls 18-year-old Manisha Chhiber, a Hindu girl whose family lives a secluded life in Kariyala village located at the top of Surla Hill, some 10km away to the south of Chakwal city.
Manisha’s family is one of the only two Hindu families living in Chakwal district (the other lives in Kot Chaudhrian village located some 40km to the west of Chakwal).
“They gave me a bizarre glance because being a Hindu I was an alien to them and such a situation always hurts me but I don’t express my feeling,” Manisha continues.
But in village Kariyala she and six other members of her family live peacefully and do not feel isolated.
Manisha now waits for her BCom result and wants to become an officer by passing the Central Superior Services (CSS) exam. (more)
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Chakwal’s lone Hindu family leads peaceful but secluded life

CHAKWAL: “When I first went to a local college two years ago, students and teachers gave me a strange look,” recalls 18-year-old Manisha Chhiber, a Hindu girl whose family lives a secluded life in Kariyala village located at the top of Surla Hill, some 10km away to the south of Chakwal city.

Manisha’s family is one of the only two Hindu families living in Chakwal district (the other lives in Kot Chaudhrian village located some 40km to the west of Chakwal).

“They gave me a bizarre glance because being a Hindu I was an alien to them and such a situation always hurts me but I don’t express my feeling,” Manisha continues.

But in village Kariyala she and six other members of her family live peacefully and do not feel isolated.

Manisha now waits for her BCom result and wants to become an officer by passing the Central Superior Services (CSS) exam. (more)

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The Robert Alexander Salon: From Lebanon to Lahore
The Nishat adds another much-needed amenity to its premises — the Robert Alexander Salon and Spa. It has created quite a stir in Lahore with its über modern interior and fantastic installations.
“I wanted The Nishat to be a one-stop shop for our clients, and it is important for a hotel to have a good salon,” says Iqra Hasan Mansha, owner of The Nishat.
“Not only is it important to cater to your spa needs, it is also vital to have good in-house stylists,” she adds. With guests flying in from Karachi and Islamabad for fashion and bridal weeks, and choosing to stay at The Nishat, it only seemed fit to have a state-of -the-art salon to cater to their hair and style needs. This is why it is great that Lebanese salon Robert Alexander has opened its doors to the Lahore market.
“I have always felt that the Lebanese have a great way with hair and are very artistic,” continues Mansha, “when I met Robert, I knew it was time to bring his services to Lahore and bring the hotel not just a great stylist but also an international touch.” (more)
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The Robert Alexander Salon: From Lebanon to Lahore

The Nishat adds another much-needed amenity to its premises — the Robert Alexander Salon and Spa. It has created quite a stir in Lahore with its über modern interior and fantastic installations.

“I wanted The Nishat to be a one-stop shop for our clients, and it is important for a hotel to have a good salon,” says Iqra Hasan Mansha, owner of The Nishat.

“Not only is it important to cater to your spa needs, it is also vital to have good in-house stylists,” she adds. With guests flying in from Karachi and Islamabad for fashion and bridal weeks, and choosing to stay at The Nishat, it only seemed fit to have a state-of -the-art salon to cater to their hair and style needs. This is why it is great that Lebanese salon Robert Alexander has opened its doors to the Lahore market.

“I have always felt that the Lebanese have a great way with hair and are very artistic,” continues Mansha, “when I met Robert, I knew it was time to bring his services to Lahore and bring the hotel not just a great stylist but also an international touch.” (more)

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Transition: Decorated war hero passes away
Pakistan Air Force’s retired air vice marshal Muhammad Younas, who was awarded Tamgha-e-Basalat after 1965 war, passed away on Monday leaving behind two sons and a daughter.
He was suffering from Parkinson’s disease for the past many years. He was buried at Cavalry ground grave yard.
Muhammad Younas was born in July 24, 1933 in Gordaspur, India and received early education in Jhang.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Rizwan Younas said that his father joined the air force as a sepoy and rose up to the rank of an officer.
Muhammad Younus went to the Royal Air Force Academy in Cornwell and was the first Pakistani pilot to shoot down an Indian spyplane in Rawalpindi on April 10, 1959. He was air officer commanding of Northern Air Command in 1985 during the Soviet war in Afghanistan.
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Transition: Decorated war hero passes away

Pakistan Air Force’s retired air vice marshal Muhammad Younas, who was awarded Tamgha-e-Basalat after 1965 war, passed away on Monday leaving behind two sons and a daughter.

He was suffering from Parkinson’s disease for the past many years. He was buried at Cavalry ground grave yard.

Muhammad Younas was born in July 24, 1933 in Gordaspur, India and received early education in Jhang.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Rizwan Younas said that his father joined the air force as a sepoy and rose up to the rank of an officer.

Muhammad Younus went to the Royal Air Force Academy in Cornwell and was the first Pakistani pilot to shoot down an Indian spyplane in Rawalpindi on April 10, 1959. He was air officer commanding of Northern Air Command in 1985 during the Soviet war in Afghanistan.

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Steel Mill People: So earlier this month I went with some friends to shoot at a Steel Mill near Lahore. It is interesting how scrap from all over the world come to places like this to be melted (at whooping 1700 degree Celsius) and converted to rods to be later re-rolled by men with very little safety gear on. It is a tough job and yes it does present with some interesting captures.

Will try to post some more later. (via umalik)

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Multan trip part 2. Apologies for late share… was able to take photographs at the tombs of Shah Shams Sabazwari often confused with Shah Shams Tabrizi (which my cousin corrected me on), Bahaudin Zikaraya and old city.

I know it might sound morbid but the beautiful blue and white pottery design I saw on the graves around the Bahaudin Zikarya tomb has really made me tell my family that I want that on mine whenever the time comes. They do it so elegantly, with a narrow slab of these intricate design and Quranic calligraphy in it.

It is amazing to see how people devote their whole lives travelling and living at such places. So many of them are so confident that everything they have is through these saints. They tie these threads around the grills of the tomb with a hope that whatever they are wishing for will stay there and the Saints will help them get that. But overall the art, design and beauty you find in Multan is amazing - if you thought truck art is the best thing about Pakistan, wait till you get to Multan!

p.s. I need to get back on flickr it has been over a year since I last posted anything there.

previously

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Multan trip: I don’t know why, but Multan has always been this very magical city for me (at least inside my head) and with all the extensive travelling I like to believe I have done - I had never been there before! Finally on this 8-9th February some work took me there and these are some of the things I saw. 

There is a famous Persian saying: چهار چيز است تحفه در مولتان…..گرد وگرما گدا و گورستان (Chahar Cheez Ast Tohfa e Mooltan; Gard, Garmi, Gadda, Gooristan) which roughly translate as "Four things are Gifts of Multan: Dust, Summer, Beggars & Graveyards". Let’s just say that is cent percent true! 

Personally I am not a “shrine and saints” kind of a guy, but there is this certain tranquil aura in the old part of the city that with all the chaotic traffic (it is worse than Lahore by manyfold!) and hassling of beggars you feel so much calm.

It was truly wonderful to be in such an interesting city, will be posting another set of photos tomorrow. (via umalik)

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Shrine of Shah Rukn Alam (via umalik)
More about the building and the saint.
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Shrine of Shah Rukn Alam (via umalik)

More about the building and the saint.

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Traditional shoes from Multan (aka Multani khusa - at Hussain Agahi via umalik)
More details here.
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Traditional shoes from Multan (aka Multani khusa - at Hussain Agahi via umalik)

More details here.

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Beautiful details on the ceiling at this shrine. (at Shrine of Shah Shams Tabrez via umalik)
More details on the Shah Shams can be found here.
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Beautiful details on the ceiling at this shrine. (at Shrine of Shah Shams Tabrez via umalik)

More details on the Shah Shams can be found here.

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